Kick off your holiday mornings with a festive breakfast that’s easy to make. You don’t have to be an expert baker to throw together this delicious Cranberry Coffee Cake recipe. It’s the perfect sweet touch to enjoy with a fresh cup of coffee and looks beautiful. Make it for your Christmastime guests – nobody will ever suspect that it’s a simple easy-to-make brunch casserole.
Coffee cakes are one of my dad’s favorite things to enjoy. He loved this recipe during the Christmas season and I still make it today, after his passing. It has a nice dense texture, the cranberries add a slightly tart flavor, the streusel topping adds crunch and it’s finished with the sweet glaze. You can’t go wrong with making this one!
Looking for other Christmas cranberry recipes? Cranberry Orange Quick Bread is a classic that our family loves. Cranberry Coconut Macaroons are a great dessert option. Cranberry Sauce is a must-have on your holiday dinner table and my Cranberry Mint Mojito is a great cocktail.
How To Make Christmas Cranberry Coffee Cake
The secret to keeping your Cranberry Coffee Cake easy is using baking mix as a base. It’s almost like making a quick bread. Baking mix is also known as Bisquick Mix, and it comes in a box. It’s a pantry staple that I use all of the time. Once you make the three layers, you just throw your casserole into the oven.
What To Serve With Cranberry Coffee Cake
Coffee cakes are such a sweet and delicious breakfast option that stand on their own. I always serve it alongside a coffee bar, with plenty of fun coffee toppings and creamers. If it’s part of a bigger brunch, then you’d want to add sides as well. Breakfast meats and eggs would round it out as a complete meal.
What To Do With Leftover Cranberry Coffee Cake
This breakfast casserole recipe serve 9. If you have any leftovers, you can keep the coffee cake in the original casserole dish and just cover it with plastic wrap. I put it in the refrigerator and it lasts 4-7 days. I just reheat it in the microwave. You can add more glaze again, if you prefer.
Cranberry Coffee Cake Substitutions
There are several substitutions that you can make to this Cranberry Coffee Cake recipe. You can swap the walnuts for chopped pecans, if you prefer. You could also use a little bit of almond extract, instead of vanilla extract in the glaze. Either works well and just gives you a slightly different flavor.
What You’ll Need From The Grocery Store:
- Baking Mix
- Jellied Cranberry Sauce (Canned)
- Chopped Walnuts
- Brown Sugar
- Ground Cinnamon
- Confectioner’s Sugar
Step-By-Step Directions To Make Cranberry Coffee Cake
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, sugar, milk and egg.
Pour into a greased 8-inch square baking dish. Drop cranberry sauce by the teaspoon over the batter.
Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the cranberry sauce.
Bake at 400 degrees for 18-23 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over the coffee cake. Serve warm.
- 2 Cups Baking Mix
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2/3 Cup Milk
- 1 Egg, Lightly Beaten
- 2/3 Cup Jellied Cranberry Sauce (Canned)
- 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Milk
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the biscuit mix, sugar, milk and egg. Pour into a greased 8-inch square baking dish. Drop cranberry sauce by the teaspoon over the batter.
- Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle over the cranberry sauce.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 18-23 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
- In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients. Drizzle over the coffee cake. Serve warm.
- Place plastic wrap over any leftovers. Enjoy for 3-4 days. Reheat any leftovers in the microwave.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 324Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 366mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 38gProtein: 5g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.